Many clients have commented on the music I play during our sessions together and how they enjoy that it’s not “the usual” massage/spa music of soft harps and whales talking to each other.
For me, the music I play is an extension of the experience I’m trying to provide for my clients. One that’s not “the usual”, but rather unique, restorative and meaningful.
Music can help set a mood, shift our mindset and bring back pleasant memories and reminders of enjoyable and fun experiences we’ve had. Music can help us tap into our emotions and ourselves.
If you’d like to bring some of the relaxing & rejuvenating mood of the treatment room into your life, I’ve shared some links to my favorite artists, just click on the images. (I’m sure you’ll hear a familiar track or three)
Face cupping is a safe, non-invasive alternative to botox.
It works by relaxing the facial muscles, which then helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines. This also helps with tension headaches and mild TMJ issues. Additionally, face cupping can assist with sinus drainage which is great during allergy flares.
– drains excess lymph helping to decrease puffiness
– increase blood flow & circulation
– promotes collagen production
– FEELS GREAT!
Did you know that this week, Valentine’s Day week, is also International Kindness week? It is and right now the world needs more kindness, so let’s spread the love!
Random Acts of Kindness
This week make the conscious decision to do at least 1 Random Act of Kindness. Who knows, you may feel so good afterwards that you’ll do another one. And then another!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
❤️ Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
❤️ Let the person behind you at the checkout with one or two items go ahead of you.
❤️ If you spill creamer or sugar on the counter at the coffee shop, wipe it up.
❤️ Hold the elevator.
❤️ Give someone a hug.
Be Kind to Yourself
The most important person to be kind to is YOU. We’re all so hard on ourselves and often time engage in negative self-talk or self-sabotage.
While you’re doing your Random Acts of Kindness be sure to include yourself!
It’s February. My least favorite month, and maybe yours as well; depression sets in, the holidays are over, it’s cold, it’s gray and Spring seems so far off…
A simple and effective way to help combat the “Winter Blues” is with the powerful combination of auricular acupressure (ear seeds) and aromatherapy (essential oils).
Ear seeds are a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and have been used
for millennia to treat many health issues. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant and are held in place on the ear by a small adhesive backing and may be left in for a few days or up to two weeks (if you keep your picking fingers away).
Aromatherapy for depression consist of either applying a specific oil or blend topically or inhaling the aromas. (for topical application the EO is diluted to 4% in an organic safflower oil base)
The blend I use contains tangerine, geranium bourbon & pink grapefruit essential oils and may help to increase your emotional well-being.
This powerful combination, using various essential oils and acupoints, may also be used to assist you with easing anxiety, appetite reduction, smoking cessation and immune boosting.
Email me today (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out if this ancient and natural remedy is for you!
How often should I get a massage?
Every day! Well, maybe that’s not practical, even though it would be nice. This is one of the most common questions clients ask me about and it really all depends on WHY you get massages. Do you get massages for the health benefits? Or, to help you relax and handle the stress of everyday life? Most likely it’s a combination of the two, so let’s look at a couple of the most common reasons to get regular bodywork:
Relaxation & Stress Relief
One of the very best reasons to get a massage is for relaxation. Relaxation massage helps to support your body, including blood circulation and flexibility of joints. Regular massage can help prevent pain, muscle tension, and stress points from building up and causing problems.
If you’re in a high-stress job or work in an environment where you stay in a certain position for a long period of time (at a computer for example), you may begin to develop tight or “knotted” muscles. This will frequently occur in your shoulders, arms, and back. All of this increased muscle tension will make movement harder and can cause a great deal of pain. Regular massage can help to keep you loosened up and will help to prevent pain and stiffness.
Living with high levels of stress for a prolonged amount of time increases the risk of contracting heart disease and other diseases. It’s been estimated that 75 – 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems. The good news is, massage can help! Just knowing your massage is coming up in a few days can help to relieve stress, and a massage every 2-4 weeks will help with stress related tension.
Why wait until you have a problem to get a massage? Massage is perfect for preventing issues with your tissues. Relaxation massage is usually recommended at least once per month, or as often as you want!
Chronic Health Conditions
People with ongoing health issues often find massage very helpful to alleviate symptoms. Chronic health problems that greatly benefit from massage therapy include back pain, joint pain, and localized inflammation. If you get therapy for specific issues, the frequency of getting massage therapy varies with the type of condition you have and how severe it is.
Relief from pain caused by a chronic condition can usually be achieved with 2-4 massage sessions per month and once the condition is being managed a maintenance schedule can be established.
As many of you know, I’ve been a certified reflexologist in the Ingham method since 2011. I love reflexology and end all my Swedish and Integrated sessions with some footwork. (I also offer reflexology as a stand-alone service.)
So, I am excited to announce that I beginning in May I will be offering
Thai foot massage as a new service!
Thai foot massage is a generalized treatment working all the reflexes in the foot, as well as the sen lines* of the foot and lower leg.
Benefits of Thai foot massage:
👉 increases overall health and vitality
👉 invokes deep parasympathetic relaxation
👉 full body benefit while only working feet and lower legs
👉 reduced tension and fatigue in feet and lower legs
👉 FEELS GREAT!
Get ready for Summer with Facial Rejuvenation Cupping Tired eyes? Dull complexion? Puffy face?
Facial Rejuvenation Cupping is a safe, non-invasive solution for helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and broken capillaries as well as improving overall skin tone. No needles, lasers or surgery required!
What to expect during your session After a relaxing hot towel treatment and light facial massage, a super emollient anti-aging lotion is applied. Then small, soft, medical grade silicone cups are moved over the face and neck area in a specific pattern which encourages excess cellular debris and lymph fluid to drain into the lymphatic system to be eliminated.
The result is an instant decrease in puffiness, increase in skin suppleness, and a glowing complexion.
– Improved lymph drainage
– Improved sinus drainage
– Reduction in tension headaches
– Reduction in TMJ pain
Put your best face forward this Spring and Summer with Facial Rejuvenation Cupping – BOOK NOW!
As with all techniques of this nature, results may vary depending on a client’s genetics, skin health, age and lifestyle.
I’ll be attending a friend’s wedding in New Orleans and then taking a couple days to explore and relax through Wednesday night.
Upon my return to Chicago I’ll be attending the American Massage Therapist Association’s annual conference. While there, I’ll be learning some great new techniques that I’m already looking forward to sharing with you.
In the meantime, book your session with me for the week on April 17th before they’re all gone! 👉BOOK NOW